The Mint Julep is an iconic whiskey cocktail you definitely don’t want to miss. Drinks that are this popular can sometimes seem difficult to make, but this recipe is actually incredibly easy and only requires a few ingredients.
Beyond the whiskey, sugar, and mint, the only other requirement for this drink is crushed ice. Other forms of ice won’t create the same effect, so take the time to create a nice mound of crushed ice before mixing this cocktail. Traditionally, Mint Juleps are served in silver or pewter cups and held by the handle or rim so the cup maintains optimum frost. They work just as well in any tall glass.
The Mint Julep is the traditional drink of the Kentucky Derby, which has helped propel the cocktail’s popularity. Tens of thousands of Mint Juleps are served at Churchill Downs in Louisville, and countless more are enjoyed by fans watching the race throughout the country. With a balance of sweet, smoky, and herbal flavors, the Mint Julep is delicious all year long.
First, lets gather the ingredients. You’ll need:
4 to 5 mint sprigs, leaves only
2 sugar cubes, or 1/2 ounce simple syrup
2 1/2 ounces Filmoore Rides Whiskey
Mint sprig, for garnish
First, place the mint leaves and sugar or simple syrup into a julep cup, collins glass, or double old-fashioned glass.
Muddle well, to dissolve the sugar and release the oil and aroma of the mint.
Add the whiskey, then fill the glass with crushed ice and stir well until the glass becomes frosty.
Garnish with a mint sprig. Serve with a straw and enjoy.
Gently muddle your mint. The intention is to release the essential oils, not tear the leaves to bits.
Making crushed ice without a machine is another use for your muddler: Place ice cubes in a Lewis bag (a cloth bag made specifically for this purpose) or wrap it in a towel and whack it until your cubes become finely crushed ice. (This is a wonderful and safe stress reliever, too.)
Once you build the drink, take the time to stir it gently until the glass gets frosty. This should take at least 30 seconds, but the longer you do it, the better.
Before garnishing with the mint sprig, gently slap it with your hands to release the aromatic oils of the mint.
Mint Juleps are good for sipping but also pair nicely with Southern appetizers. Try pairing with pickled shrimp, deviled eggs, and pimiento cheese dip.